Looking for a Persian/Persian-inspired canapé recipe for the holiday season parties? These cute little Persian-inspired canapés filled with a mixture of feta cheese, gorgeous-smelling herbs, radishes and walnuts are perfect finger food for any kind of party. I love to serve them at drinks parties. At other times I skip the rolling and have the filling over crispbread or my favourite flatbread, lavash, for breakfast, brunch or as a snack.
My Azarbaijani (northwestern Iranian province) family loved having a basketful of fresh soft herbs such as purple and green Persian basil, mint, Persian chives and tarragon with radishes and spring onions (sabzi khordan) on the table at every meal. Well, who doesn’t in Iran? We always grew herbs in our garden and the smell of freshly picked herbs often evokes fond memories of my grandma and the gorgeous meals she so lovingly prepared and served to the family and friends. My pinwheels celebrate the tasty tiny morsels of bread, cheese and herbs that she rolled for me.
To make my pinwheels I first made the cheese filling and allowed the flavours to mix while I was preparing my slices of toast.
I used white toast this time but I’ve made these canapés with seeded bread and they tasted even better but the slices were a little harder to roll and cut.
I removed the crusts from the slices of toast and rolled them with a rolling pin to make them as thin as I could. Then I spread the cheese mixture on the slices and rolled them like tiny Swiss rolls. But they wouldn’t look very appetising just like that, would they?
A little chopped herbs and a few toasted black sesame seeds refined the look and made the little canapés even more tasty. To make the chopped herbs and sesame seeds stick to the rolls I moistened the tops with a little yoghurt, sprinkled the herbs and sesame seeds on the chopping board and rolled the rolls on them like in the following pictures.
The last stage was using a very sharp knife to cut the rolls into slices.
Follow the instruction below and you’ll see how easy it all was!
To serve 6-8 people you will need the following ingredients:
How to make the pinwheels:
PS: You can prepare the rolls up to 24 hours before serving and keep refrigerated.